Richard decided not to go to university after completing the International Baccalaureate. He spent two years working three part time jobs and saving as much money he could.
In 2012 he decided to emigrate to Madrid and attend a Spanish school. He had a fantastic time, made friends from all over the world and even partied on a rooftop with Spanish celebrities! He travelled all over Spain, learning new skills and increasing his self-confidence.
Eventually, Richard realised that languages and exploring other cultures was something he wished to pursue, so he moved back to England and enrolled at the University of Portsmouth to study BA (Hons) Applied Languages in Spanish and Italian.
During his second year of studies he completed the Trinity CertTESOL and became an English teacher, teaching in various schools and colleges to people of all ages and abilities. He then applied to the extremely competitive British Council Language Assistants programme in Italy and was accepted.
Richard spent the next six months teaching English at a secondary school in Rome before moving to Spain to study interpreting at the University of Malaga. He also took the opportunity of being abroad to explore Spain and Italy a little more, make some more lifelong friends and learn another language in the form of Swedish!
He has now completed his travels and is about to embark upon his final year of studies in Portsmouth before moving back to Birmingham to apply for teacher training as a Spanish teacher next September.
The only advice I can give is to be proactive. It’s your life, so take charge of it. Don’t put things off and don’t be afraid to do things. If you have an ambition, pursue it. It’s better to give it a go and it not quite turn out as expected than to spend your life wondering ‘what if?’
It’s better to give it a go and it not quite turn out as expected than to spend your life wondering ‘what if?’
My Favourite Book
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Original title translated into English from Swedish: Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann).
It’s one for those who appreciate life’s spontaneity and who will look back at the end and think ‘I lived my life and I lived it well!’